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  • Principal Investigator 
Zubaer Hossain
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
zubaer@udel.edu, (302) 831 0900 (Office), 229 Spencer Lab
Dr. Hossain joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in September 2015. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2011. He then served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology from 2011 to 2015. He also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University from 2014 to 2015 and as a Visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2012. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he completed his M.Sc.Engg. and B.Sc.Engg. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests involve understanding the mechanics and physics of heterogeneous materials with applications in composites, nanoelectronics, photovoltaics, and thermoelectrics.

  • Graduate Students
Jinye Liu
           Master's Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
           jinye@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
           Jinye joined the group in Summer 2017. He is interested in mechanics of quantum dot photovoltaics.

Joe Zhang
Master's Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
zhangzc@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Joe joined the group in Fall 2017. He is interested in designing bendable glass.

Ling Ma
Master's Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
lynnma@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Ling joined the group in Fall 2017. She is interested in predicting the effective behavior of composites under extreme thermomechanical conditions.

Fazle Elahi
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
fazle@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Fazle joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering effective structural properties of heterogeneous carbides.

Tousif Ahmed
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
tousif@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer LabTousif joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering effective structural properties of heterogeneous 2D materials.

  • Undergraduate Students
Allison Procak
UD Summer Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering
aprocak@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Alison explores mechanics of van der waals heterostructures. 

Ali Al Dawood 
UD Summer Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering
alidavid@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Ali explores quantum mechanics of mechanical anisotropy in nanotubes. 

Benjamin Silverman
UD Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
bsilver@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Ben's research involves developing heterogeneous thin-films. 

Christopher Blackwell
UD Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
cbwell@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Chris studies effective strength and toughness in quantum heterostructures.

Colin McDermitt
UD Summer Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering
colinmcd@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Colin explores the mechanistic design of lightweight nanocomposites.

Christopher Pasquale 
UD Summer Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering
colinmcd@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Chris studies implication of stress on phonons in solids.

Justice Calderon
UD Summer Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering
juscal@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Justice studies implication of stress in van der Waals heterostructures.

Shawn Egan
UD Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
wengtian@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Shawn's research involves mechanics of quantum dots.

Tianyi Weng
UD Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
wengtian@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Tianyi's research involves improving absorption efficiency in thin-film photovoltaics.


K-12 Interns

Sarah Ho
Newark Charter High School, sarahmho25@gmail.com
Sarah is studying mechanics of van der Waals heterostructures.

Max Bischoff
Charter School of Wilmington, maxwellbischoff@gmail.com 
Max is studying surface chemistry of quantum dots.

Justin Rheinstadter
Garnet Valley High School, justin.rheinstadter@gmail.com  
Justin is studying mechanics of nanostructured thermoelectric materials.




Alumni

Venkateswaran Santhanam 
Venkat is currently is working as a Mechanical Engineer at Becton Dickinson. He completed his MSME degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware in Summer 2017. He worked in the group from Summer-2016 to Summer-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed an understanding of anisotropic fracture-toughness in graphene. His research interests include multiscale modeling of materials, linear and nonlinear finite element analysis, and structural analysis of composite materials. He could be reached at venkat@udel.edu.

Tengyuan Hao
Tengyuan is currently working as a Mechanical Engineer at FuYao Glass. Tengyuan completed his MSME degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware in Fall 2017. He worked in the group from Winter-2016 to Fall-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed a multiscale understanding of effective toughness in carbon nanotube reinforced glass. His research interests include designing ultratough and lightweight nanocomposites. He could be reached at hty@udel.edu.